Optimizing lithium treatment

Sept. 30, 2014

Overview

Mayo Clinic psychiatrist Mark A. Frye, M.D., discusses how to best optimize lithium treatment. Lithium is a mainstay in bipolar disorder treatment and is commonly used to augment antidepressants for major depressive disorder. Research has found lithium to be quite helpful in stabilizing mood. Minor fluctuations in thyroid function due to lithium use are generally within the range of normal and not a cause of concern.